Matt Sorum Recalls Guns N’ Roses’ Spiritual Trip With Steven Tyler And Billy Gibbons
Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum posted a photo with Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Instagram, who recently passed away, and recalled their trip to South Africa where he, Steven Tyler, and Billie Gibbons had the chance to meet him.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a spiritual leader who promoted human rights, the horrors of racism, world peace, and caring for the planet throughout his life. Aside from his humanitarian work, he was also a theologist who mixed the thoughts of African theology and black theology.
He took place in many protests against racism and damaging the environment, and in 2009, he was assaulted while protesting against Shell’s gas pipeline. The Archbishop was inspiring and looked up to by many countries who sought to sustain a survivable life for the future of humanity.
He passed away on December 26, and South Africa began a week-long mourning a day after. Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Matt Sorum also paid tribute to him and recalled the time he was lucky enough to meet him. Sorum, Duff McKagan, Steven Tyler, and Billy Gibbons were in South Africa with their supergroup Kings of Chaos, and there, they all met the Archbishop for tea. Sorum described the experience as being very ‘positive and uplifting.’
Here is the caption from his Instagram photo:
“Very sad to hear of the passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, I had the honor of meeting him while on tour in South Africa with Kings of Chaos in 2014. I received a call from a friend asking if we’d like to meet him for tea. Steven Tyler, Duff, Billy Gibbons, and Nuno Bettencourt along with our wives headed to his office walking through the Cape Town marina near The Nelson Mandela gate. We were greeted by his lovely staff and Archbishop Tutu.
We sat with him for around 1 hour while he filled us with positive and uplifting hope for the future of Africa and the world. He was highly intelligent with a gentle tone. It was a spiritual experience being so close to a man who has dedicated his life to helping the oppressed, especially during Apartheid when he was an instrumental figure along with Mandela. It was a day I will never forget and so glad I was able to be in the presence of such a great man.”
The Archbishop gave them hope for the future of Africa and the rest of the world. Sorum talked about how intelligent he seemed and how the experience of meeting him was very spiritual. He ended the note by stating how glad he is to have gotten the chance to meet him.
You can see the photos below.